The musical year builds off its strong start with these fabulous offerings from Gold Coast and Northern Rivers, curated by our very own Zac Fahey.
Michael McCartney Tops The Class Again
Michael McCartney is at it again, continuing his run of fantastic new music with the release of his modern era Black Keys sounding single ‘Tangalooma’. Taken from his forthcoming third consecutive EP in under a year, the track is more classic blues than the modern psychedelic sounds of his more recent work, focusing on a rollicking drumbeat, distorted electric guitars and a deep swampy bass. Consistently toping the class for the best new local release of the month Michael McCartney’s ‘Tangalooma’ does not disappoint.
ROAN’s Face Melter
Up and coming Gold Coast producer ROAN has just dropped a face melting electronic dance single ‘Always Knew’. Featuring the masterfully chopped vocal part of Paris Jeffrey, the track takes the listener on an unexpected sonic journey with rich, earthy sounding synths and complex interchanging drum patterns. With the complexity of a Hermitude track and the hard-hitting club vibes of What So Not ROAN is beginning to find own sound within the dance genre.
Bronte Eve Unmistakable Brilliance
If you’ve ever heard Bronte Eve perform at one of her many shows across the Gold Coast you would remember it; her voice and stage presence are unmistakably brilliant. Her latest single and fist new offering in over two years ‘Mess I Made’ showcases Bronte’s impressive vocal range and heartfelt delivery capturing some of that live energy she’s renowned for. Written in one quick session about being overwhelmed after finishing high school ‘Mess I Made’ is raw and authentic and will leave you gasping for more.
TINY Is One To Watch
Gold Coast songwriter / producer TINY is on a roll after coming off a lengthy hiatus just a few months ago with the release of her commanding new single ‘Never Met You’. Heavy hitting, industrial style electronic backing provides the perfect template for a scathing onslaught of lyrical content set towards a discarded former lover. With all three of her recent singles starting to gain traction on streaming platforms and radio TINY is yet another artist to watch in 2021.
Morris In Heaven
Luke Morris has been chipping away, relentlessly touring South East QLD and Northern NSW, and releasing beautifully emotive acoustic music for the past five years. His latest single ‘Love Shack’ is pure heaven, featuring acoustic guitar, simple instrumentation and effortless vocals accompanied by the angelic Angie Hudson. The perfect remedy for a stressful day, the track transports the listener to a simpler time on a romantic coastal getaway. You can catch Luke launching his EP at Miami Marketta on 12 February.
Heavy Wax Bring The Party
Heavy Wax gave us the gift of music on Christmas day with the release of their energetic track ‘Find a Way’. With a backbone rhythm of ska/reggae complete with blaring horn sections and vocal hooks that have you singing along after the first listen, ‘Find a Way’ is sure to get the party started whatever the occasion. And you can join the party in May when Heavy Wax performs at Blues On Broadbeach.
Lemaire Slides Into 2021
Proven to be one of the leading forces among the Gold Coast’s growing hip hop scene, Lemaire is continuing his momentum into the new year with the release of the new single ’OneNotTwo (LEMAIRE x Namaste)’. Featuring Lemaire’s signature guitar work and smooth vocals over a 90’s RnB rhythm, the track slides along nicely, offering a perfect soundtrack to a relaxed summer day. You can catch Lemaire and his five-piece band performing live at BBQ Bazaar on 6 February.
Honey Soaked Butter
The boys from Buttered gifted us with a new single over the festive season with their sultry, groove-heavy number ‘Electrify’. Channeling some serious Matt Corby vibes, the track features a beautiful Rhodes piano, in the pocket drums and honey soaked vocals rich with harmonies. Part of an EP complete with two previously released tracks ‘Electrify’ is the duo’s strongest release to date and is sure to elevate the bands growing profile even further.
Amy Elise Dreams Of Japan
At just 16 years of age with a string of releases already under her belt, Amy Elise seems to be settling into her sound nicely with her new single ‘Streets Of Japan’. As a part of a recent resurgence of female fronted alt/pop led by bands like Teenage Jones, Amy Elise is a voice of the next generation, telling stories of teenage angst and relationships behind a classic rock band backing. Impressive stuff here from a young Gold Coast artist to watch in 2021.
My Kind Of Chaos Calls Out Karen
After turning heads with their raucous debut album in 2020, My Kind Of Chaos have continued the wonderful debauchery into the new year with their latest offering ‘Calm Down Karen’. Reminding us all once again of everyone’s worst nightmare of a human (Karen) and introducing us to her even more troublesome partner Cam, the song is an extremely well crafted piece of work disguised as comical piss-take. Think Dune Rats meets Tenacious D and you’ll be somewhere close to where this lands.
The Lonesomes’ Brooding Rock Head Banger
After taking a years break from releasing material The Lonesomes have broken the fast with their brooding rock single ‘Dog Days’. Coming in at just under five minutes, the track is a real grower, slowly building upon a driving drum and bass rhythm transforming into a souring head banger. With musical similarities to epic rock bands like Foals and Muse The Lonesomes find their point of difference in the dark, commanding vocal.
San Mei Is In The Machine
Freshly inspired after capitalising on some down time during COVID, San Mei has put her stamp on 2021 with the impressive new single ‘In The Machine’. Once again giving us that rich wall of sound that we have come to love from San Mei, her latest offering draws influence from industrial rock and ‘90s grunge showcasing her commanding vocal and ability as a world-class songwriter. Aptly described as sounding like a lost track from the Batman Forever soundtrack ‘In The Machine’ is an exciting first step in what is expected to be another big year for San Mei.
Good Start For Mitch King
Mitch King has celebrated some huge news to bring in the New Year, penning a record real with industry heavyweight Michael Gudinski’s new label Reclusive Records alongside the release of a powerful new single ‘Oil & Water’. Mitch first hit Gudinski’s radar after his track ‘Coming Back’ was embraced by a popular NFL team in the USA. The Reclusive Records team fell in love with the honesty in his songwriting and were compelled to bring him on board. You can catch Mitch King charming local fans on 13 February at Miami Marketta.
COTTA Finds her Niche
COTTA has followed up her 2020 debut single with the upbeat, catchy indie-electronic gem ‘Better’. Matching her inspiration from 80’s production with the modern sounds and songwriting styles of artists like Maggie Rodgers, COTTA has managed to find her niche within the popular genre. Written as an uplifting anthem about moving onto greater things, ‘Better’ is certainly an optimistic way to bring in the New Year.
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Parker Rose Strips Things Back
Local favorite Parker Rose is known mostly for the sparkly pop sounds originating from his work with Sunset City and more recently under his own name. However, in this recent flurry of releases Rose is showcasing his diversity by stripping things right back, taking a more acoustic singer/songwriter approach. The first offering ’Glitter’ was a beautiful simplistic reflection of 2020, ‘Sunburnt’ adopted a Jack Johnson style while his latest ‘Felt’ ads a bit more depth, with a sound reminiscent of Passenger. Great chilled stuff that should fit nicely on your summer soundtrack here from Parker Rose.